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International Artexpo Brings the Best in Affordable, Innovative and Sustainable Art to New York City



NEW YORK , Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- International Artexpo New York (www.artexpos.com), the world's largest popular and fine art fair, announces its return to the Jacob Javits Center from Thursday, February 26 - Monday, March 2 , 2009. Now in its 31st year, Artexpo New York will showcase exciting original artworks, prints, and the latest trends in the art world from more than 500 artists, galleries and publishers across the globe. Artwork includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, lithographs, photography, and posters ranging from $100 - $100,000. This year, the show expects to have more than 25,000 buyers, established dealers, collectors, designers, architects and art enthusiasts to walk the show floor.

Artexpo New York is the only art trade show to offer industry professionals access to thousands of works at wholesale prices. The first two days are open to trade only, starting February 26 . Over the last three days, visitors from the general public can also buy straight from the source. For both consumers and trade buyers, acquiring artwork from Artexpo New York is the ideal solution to finding beautiful, affordable art in today's economy.

"We are excited to return to New York and host the show again this year. In today's economic climate, Artexpo New York is a great place to discover a variety of artwork at reasonable prices that will be the perfect addition to your home or office," said Eric Smith , Vice President of The Art Group of Summit Business Media.

New to the show this year is the The Global Green Artist Challenge - a call to action for artists to utilize art for the improvement of the planet through creating work with environmental themes, using eco-conscious materials, and maintaining safe earth friendly practices in their daily lives. Teaming up with renowned environmental artist and advocate Wyland, Artexpo New York will create several green events with exhibiting artists and the community to raise awareness of environmental issues in the art world.

The popular "SOLO" show will also return, with more than 250 of the worlds top emerging, independent artists exhibiting and selling their work in the hopes of being discovered as one of the next big names in the art world. Over its 30-year history, Artexpo New York has enjoyed the participation of many of the art world's most renowned artists, including Andy Warhol , Peter Max , Robert Rauschenberg , Robert Indiana, and Leroy Neiman .

In addition to an exciting showcase of international artwork, several new events have been planned for consumers and art industry insiders alike, including:

Artexpo Goes Green: The Global Green Artist Challenge

Wyland will be kicking-off the global green artist challenge with two youth-centered painting events:

THE YOUTH ART CONTEST

In partnership with NYC Department of Education and Materials for the Arts, a non-profit organization that provides arts materials to schools and community groups, twenty NYC public schools have been invited to take part in an environmental mural painting contest. Each school has been asked to paint the natural world as they see it, which can include any environmental subject such as animals, parks, lakes, and oceans. The winning class will be announced in early February and will participate in a live mural painting with Wyland at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 27 . All painting materials will be supplied by Fredrix Artist Canvas and Pearl Fine Art Supplies.

PAINTING WITH WYLAND & JANE SEYMOUR - FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Continuing the green challenge, at Artexpo on Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. , Wyland and award-winning actress/painter Jane Seymour will host a FREE aquatic mural painting event for all children in the New York City area. Ms. Seymour is an environmental advocate who recently narrated the documentary, "Running Dry," which explored the world water crisis. Admission is free for children under 12 with a complementary adult ticket for each child that registers in advance. Families can register by visiting: www.artexpos.com.

Meet Actress/Painter Jane Seymour

Actress and painter Jane Seymour will debut artwork from her Open Hearts Collection. Jane Seymour will make a personal appearance, sign her new book, and exhibit a collection of recent paintings on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, February 29 .

The SOLO show

The SOLO show is a special section of Artexpo dedicated to showcasing the work of more than 250 emerging independent artists. SOLO is the perfect place for up-and-coming, innovative artists to get their work into the art marketplace, and for galleries, who visit the show each year to find fresh talent.

The Artexpo Design Center

Through a partnership with ASID (The American Society of Interior Designers), visitors to the Artexpo Design Center can receive free interior design consultations on how to incorporate newly purchased art in their home, office or gallery.

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